A chronicle of Al Pacino's attempts to film Shakespeare's 'Richard III', narrated by the director and star, as he travels to the Globe Theatre in England and visits the Bard's birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon. Actors such as Kenneth Branagh and Sir John Gielgud are interviewed to provide insights into the text, while scenes from the play are performed by Pacino and fellow American actors in various locations.
Looking for Richard
, a strange and charming documentary by Al Pacino in which he also stars, is an exploration of several topics: Shakespeare and his humpbacked villain, the impulse to act, the way actors work--and Pacino's single-minded effort to make the Bard accessible to all audiences and not just the effete few. Over the course of the film, Pacino alternately discusses the role and the text, roams Manhattan talking about Shakespeare with everyone from scholars to street people and re-creates scenes from the play in a production staged at the Cloisters, an evocative castle-like museum on the north end of Manhattan. He assembles a cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder, Estelle Parsons and Alec Baldwin to perform the scenes, slipping back and forth between text and discussion of the play in a way that makes Shakespeare comprehensible and fascinating to viewers who know or care nothing about his writing. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com